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This will be my 23rd year of teaching 4th grade in Tomball ISD (26 years in Texas). I started teaching in 1980 in California. After teaching in California for a few years, I got married and moved to Texas. I have specialized training in the Gifted and Talented, holding a Texas State GT Endorsement from the University of St. Thomas (which in laymans language that is like a masters degree in GT) and have been teaching GT for most of my years in Tomball ISD. In the past, I have received distinguished honors from Tomball ISD such as : Best Teacher Practices, and A+ Teacher Award. I have worked as Grade level leader, Math Core Trainer, Language Arts Core Trainer and Curriculum Writer for Language Arts and Math in Tomball ISD. I was nominated for Texas State GT Teacher of the Year for Tomball ISD. Teaching is my passion and I feel very blessed and honored to be contributing to the success of students and families in Tomball ISD.  I want this year to be an amazing year of growth, learning, and fun for your child.  If there is anything I can do to facilitate this please let me know!

Contact Information:

Willowcreek Elementary School

Room # 214

phone:     (281)357-3080 ext. 3499

email:       karenkeller@tomballisd.net

Conference Time:    11:10-12:10  (Scheduled administrative meetings every Thursday and Friday)

:)  this website is always under construction! :) If you think of info I should include, do not hesitate to email me.

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Tidbits of information from Mrs. Keller:

*Just wanted to let you know that you can drop off your student and they can come into the classroom at 8:10 am.  This is a perfect time to catch up on assignments or read for AR/take AR tests.  Rise and Shine live video annoucements start actually at 8:35.  So... if you child is just walking into the class at 8:40 (even though that is the late bell/start time) the kids "feel" a little behind.  It is not a problem, but some kids might feel rushed at the start of their day if they don't get here soon enough. Buses usually are here by 8:15, so bus riders are good!
*Each student has an AR goal each nine weeks. This nine weeks goal has been entered into their AR account. Students can pull it up and show you.  If you would like their goal to be raised, please send me a note and I will work with them on that.  The goals are lower this nine weeks, due to Hurricane Harvey.  The goals for the rest of the nine weeks will be much higher.  This is considered part of the student's Language Arts homework., to read at least 30 minutes per night for AR. If the student makes their AR goal by the end of the nine weeks, they get to come to the Movie/Snack Celebration during the day.
* Monday nights homework pretty much will be to finish their Moose English. Students get to start it during reading intervention time. Some do finish, but if they don't it is homework.
*Spelling homework will be done on www.spellingcity.com  Students can take a practice test to see which words they need to study.  There are some online games students can play to practice their spelling words for Friday's test. I will not be printing spelling homework now.
*Please...have your child bring 2 more pocket brad folders to school.  They will need one for their Writing folder and one for there research folder.  Any color is fine.
*Don't forget to come to Parent Open House/Orientation. This is the night where the  Mrs. Walther and I get to share all the info about 4th grade curriculum.  Good time for general questions.  Hope to see you then!

Welcome back to a new school year!

      It was such a delight to meet everyone yesterday at Meet the Teacher!  I am truely excited about this year. I have such sweet kids and parents, and a wonderful teaching partner, Stephanie Walthers!  
     I do have a couple requests to help the first week go smoothly.
1.  Please be sure your child has computer headphones. The type that go over the ears is best! Please put them in a large gallon size ziplock bag, labeled with your child's name.
2.  I need pennies for a engineering stem activity.  If you would be willing to donate pennies, please send them to school with your child.  I will need at least 300 pennies or more.  Even the grocery store will not sell them to me, and it is hard to get to the bank the first week of school.
Thank you so much!  We will be off to a great start. If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to email me or call!

Step Up Party is this Friday! Info below:

Step Up Party

This Friday, May 26th is our Step up Party!  Please make sure your child arrives on time this day.  Also, make sure your child wears their class t-shirt and tennis shoes.  We will be leaving WCES at 9:00 am and arriving at Lifetime around 9:15-9:30am.  Parents are welcome to join but please keep siblings at home because of occupancy limits.  Parents will check in at the front at Lifetime Fitness, please let them know you are there for the WCES Step Up party.  We will be having a pizza lunch, at Lifetime so no need to send a lunch or drink this day.  We will leave Lifetime at 2:00pm.  All students will ride the bus back to WCES.  If you want to take your child home after the party, you will need to come back to school and check out your child at the front office.

Mrs. Keller coming back Monday, May 15th.

I just wanted to let you all know the doctor is letting me finally come back on Monday. I wanted to come back sooner, but he would not let me. I still am working through some pain and recovery issues, but I am so excited to get to be back with the kids! Hope things went well while I was gone.

Just a friendly reminder.  Texian Time Machine is this Friday, May 5th.  Students need to wear their class t-shirts.  Also, we will be outside for several hours, there should be tents set up for shade but you might want to apply sunscreen Friday morning.  Also, students need to bring along a water bottle and a snack.  This is a student only event, we promise to share pictures; Field day, Step up party, End of the Year Party, 4th grade Awards, and 4th grade Clap Out are all events you more than welcome to attend. :-)


Dates to get in your calendar:

Field Day- May 12th  1:00-3:15 (wear class shirts and sunscreen)

4th grade Step up party at Life Time Fitness 9-2, May 26th (wear class shirts)

4th grade clap out- May 31st at 9:00 am 

4th grade award ceremony May 31st (TBA) I think it is during our specials time 11:10-12:10 but I will get back with you later

End of the Year Party- May 31st 2:45-3:30pm

Substitute in classroom for my time out with surgery:

Melody Riddler will be my long-term sub while I am out for shoulder surgery.  She is a delightful person and I have reviewed many of my lesson plans with her. She has 2 children, one in our kindergarten and a 2 year old. Melody has taught 4th grade for 7 years. I am sure she will do a wonderful job with the kids! Please remember if you need to contact her you will need to send a note or call my phone number. I have given her the message code to my phone.  She may be getting an email soon. When that happens she will send you a note home. This is my last day at school until the doctor releases me to come back to school. I will miss the kids so much!!! If you feel led, keep me in your prayers! God is good, and I know I will be back soon. Love, Mrs. Keller

We need Glue!

Our class is in desperate need of liquid glue. Just a small bottle for each student would get us through the year. Please have your child bring a new glue bottle as soon as possible. Truely, I would not ask unless we really needed it. Thank you!

Data Analysis Test - some students -added 5 pts

Number 16 on the Data Analysis Test had a glich.  There were actually two answers that were correct.  If you see your child's score is 5 pts higher, that means they picked the second correct answer.  It was a district created test. I am sure they will tweak that for next year. Thanks.

Tests coming soon!

*Students need to study for the  science test that will be this Friday.I have given a short review sheet (they glued in science INB) to study. Students can also read over chapter 7 lessons 1-3 in the  Pearson Text book. 
*Social Studies vocabulary test will be April 18th, Tuesday.  Word list and definitions are glued in their Social Studies INB. They have also created a list  on the website:  www.studystack.com  They can play various games to help them practice.

Having Surgery soon

*Just wanted to keep you all informed.  I am having shoulder surgery on April 20th.  I have been going to the doctor since Christmas break about my shoulder, hoping I could postpone the needed surgery until summer. But it looks like that will not be possible. I will have a long term sub in the class. Mrs. Sullivan has personally chosen the sub, so the kids will be in good hands. I will be leaving plans for her to accomplish. If anything comes up, I am sure she can handle it.  I am hoping to come back soon. Doctor says he cannot tell me when I might be able to return until about a week after the surgery. He will know more then. Thank you so much for your help and cooperation! I will really miss the kids!

Run Wild at the Creek is tomorrow!

*Students need to wear class T-shirt. And anything fun!
*Last chance to turn in Fundraiser packet money.  Students get a ticket that goes towards the different drawings.
*Class gets various rewards, depending on how many people turn in their fundraiser money.
*Temporary hair color will be allowed on this day only.

Wildcat Reminders:

Run Wild @ the Creek packets are due this week! 


SPIRIT NIGHT  is WEDNESDAY 3/8 below is the schedule for grade levels. Bring your family out to watch your teacher work McTeacher night at McDonalds! McDonalds is located at the corner of 249 S. & Northpointe Blvd.

Kindergarten   4:50 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

First Grade      5:50 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Second Grace 6:20 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Third Grade     6:50 P.M. – 7: 30 P.M.

Fourth Grade: 7:20P.M. – 8:00 P.M.


SILENT AUCTION: If you would like to participate in the online Silent Auction, please do so by clicking the link below.  The silent auction will close Wednesday, March 8th at 9:00 P.M.

LINK: http://willowcreekpto.com/product-category/runwild2017auction/


RUN WILD @ the CREEK is THIS FRIDAY!!!!!  We encourage you to dress WILD and in the colors RED WHITE & BLUE!  Parents are welcome to attend and CHEER on their runner!


Third Grade:    9:00 - 10:00

Second Grade: 10:05 - 11:05

Fourth Grade: 11:10 – 12:10

Kindergarten: 12:40 – 1:40

First Grade:     1:45 – 2:45

Tomorrow - Thursday March 2nd Tests!

Thursday Tests- 
     *Reading Test
     * Math Cumulative Test/Common Assessment
Friday Tests - 
     *Spelling Test- Lesson 21 and Challenge word group
     *Science Test - Chapter 6 (Water Cycle, Weather, Moon Phases)
Extra Reminders for next week:
     *Tuesday - 4th Grade Field Trip to Science Museum. If you would like to go you are welcome. Meet us down there by 9:45. You will have to pay your way in.  It is suggested not to bring siblings.  We will be touring the exhibits for the first hour, then watching an IMAX Movie.  There might be time to tour exhibits for 30 mins. after movie, then lunch and transportation back home.
     *Friday- Run Wild at the Creek Day! Grades submitted for Report Cards due to end of 3rd nine weeks.
     Then Spring Break ! Yeah !

Family Fit Night - This Thursday!


This THURSDAY, March 2nd is Family Fit Night @ WCES!!! 6PM - 7PM Please help us spread the word! This is a FREE event! We will have Kara Janak of Camp Gladiator leading workouts and Mrs. Kristie Thorpe Brawley leading Zumba!

Cheer Grams, Signs, and Prize tickets will be available for purchase. Each student that attends receives a FREE Prize Ticket!

Join us in getting FIT with your family!!!!!

Work on www.studystack.com website to practice for Social Studies Vocabulary Test

*Students were shown last week how to create an account in Studystack.com.  They should all have an account and finish typing their words and definitions in.  Once they have done that, they can play a bunch of different activities to study for the test next week.